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Beth Ann Nichols

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China's Feng, Liu turn pro after 1 college season

China's Simin Feng of Vanderbilt, Yu Liu of Duke turn pro after one college season

Hours after Duke won its sixth NCAA title, freshman Yu Liu announced her plans to turn professional; at Vanderbilt, Simin Feng made the same decision as two standout freshmen from China leave the college ranks.

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Going away, Lewis wins ShopRite LPGA

Going away, Stacy Lewis wins ShopRite LPGA Classic by six shots

Stacy Lewis finished a stroke off the tournament scoring record by capping her week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a 67 for the win.

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One Woods will be playing a U.S. Open at Pinehurst

At least one Woods will be playing a U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Cheyenne Woods qualified for Pinehurst on the same day her uncle Tiger announced he’d be skipping the big show.

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LPGA, PGA of America announce Women's PGA

LPGA, PGA of America announce $3.5 million Women's PGA Championship

The LPGA and PGA of America announced Thursday that they have teamed to create the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

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Korda tops crowd for Airbus LPGA Classic win

Jessica Korda tops crowd for Airbus LPGA Classic win

Jessica Korda came out on top of a star-studded leaderboard on Sunday at the Airbus LPGA Classic, outlasting the likes of Michelle Wie, Charley Hull, Lexi Thompson and Anna Nordqvist.

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USC's Chen gives mother special gift with NCAA title

USC's Doris Chen gives mother a special gift with NCAA title

A year ago, Doris Chen's mother thought something was wrong with her health. She was right; she had Stage 3 lung cancer. Fast forward 12 months, and she got to witness her daughter win the NCAA individual title cancer-free.

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McNamara knows no lead is safe at the NCAAs

Nichols: Former coach Dale McNamara knows no lead is safe at the NCAAs

Legendary coach Dale McNamara hasn't slept much late, as she is at Tulsa CC supporting her daughter, Arizona State's head coach Melissa Luellen, who will attempt to lead her Sun Devils back from a 15-hole deficit.

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Mississippi State makes second-day push

Mississippi State makes second-day push at NCAA D-I Women's Championship

Mississippi State’s 5-over 285 Wednesday tied Duke and pushed the 24th-ranked Bulldogs into eighth place -- reflecting the Bulldogs' determination to avenge 2013's last-place finish at the NCAA Division I Women's Championship.

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Longshot Vandy's Feng fights through Tulsa wind

Longshot Vanderbilt's Feng fights through Tulsa wind in NCAA D-1 women's championship

The winds on opening day of the NCAA D-1 women's championship were cruel, and Simin Feng spent much of her round fighting from the trees for a 5-over 75 -- fortunately, she finds even her tough days are now fun.

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Li, 11, becomes youngest Women's Open qualifier

Lucy Li, 11, becomes youngest U.S. Women's Open qualifier

What were you doing when you were 11? On Monday, Lucy Li broke Lexi Thompson’s record as the youngest U.S. Women’s Open qualifier.

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Staying present may have advantages for USC

Annie Park, USC staying in the present may have advantages in Tulsa

USC's Annie Park is not living in the past, and with head coach Andrea Gaston talking about staying in the present, this could be an advantage for USC to possibly repeat as NCAA champions at Tulsa Country Club this week.

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Campbell earns first championship berth since '97

Campbell earns first NCAA Championship berth since '97

Campbell grabbed the eight and final qualifying spot out of the NCAA Women's East Regional Saturday to earn a berth in its first NCAA Championship since 1997.

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Women's East Regional: Vandy wins by 14 shots

Women's East Regional: Vanderbilt wins by 14 shots; Hahn medalist

Led by medalist Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt cruised to a 14-shot victory Saturday at the NCAA Women's East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Women's East Regional: Vandy keeps lead

Women's East Regional: Vanderbilt keeps lead; South Carolina charges

Vanderbilt kept its lead, South Carolina made a charge, Florida State's head coach is taking a hands-off approach and more from Friday at the NCAA Women's East Regional.

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Campbell's Yost finds peace with impairment

Campbell's Yost finds peace with impairment; Camels in region hunt

Despite wearing hearing aids since age 2, Campbell senior Kaylin Yost has found peace with her impairment and is now in position to help the Camels advance out of this week's NCAA East Regional.

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Women's East Regional: Vandy grabs early lead

Women's East Regional: Vanderbilt grabs early lead in Tallahassee

Vanderbilt grabbed the first-round lead of the NCAA Women's East Regional Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Auburn's women unite in wake of recent tragedies

Auburn's women unite in wake of recent tragedies

Head coach Kim Evans and the Auburn Tigers have rallied around one another after Evans' cancer scare and other tragedies that have struck during the past year.

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Louisville raises expectations, gets results

As Louisville's women raise expectations, results follow

At the outset of the 2013-14 season, the Louisville women's golf team underestimated how much talent it might really have. Heading into the NCAA regionals, the Cardinal will look to apply its new attitude that led to two fall victories.

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Lone star: Lewis wins in Texas, going away

Lone star: Stacy Lewis wins North Texas LPGA Shootout, going away

A final-round 64, keyed by an eagle-birdie-birdie stretch before the turn, gave Stacy Lewis a six-shot win in the North Texas LPGA Shootout for her first victory of 2014.

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LPGA community mourns for Redman family's loss

Ex-LPGA player Redman's family clings to hope after fatal crash

John Redman, familiar to the LPGA as the son of a former player and an assistant basketball coach at Dalton State, was badly injured in an auto accident that took the life of his fiancee as they traveled to their wedding.

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In drive to win, Ko shows she can downshift, too

In drive to win, LPGA's Lydia Ko shows she can downshift, too

After her win at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, teen sensation Lydia Ko has six professional worldwide titles and is No. 2 in the Rolex Rankings behind Inbee Park. What's next for the 17-year-old?

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Duke, UCLA, USC draw women's D-I top seeds

Duke, UCLA, USC draw women's NCAA Division I top regional seeds

The NCAA announced its Division I women's regional lineups April 28, and while the No. 1 seeds Duke (East), UCLA (Central) and USC (West) are familiar, parity will drive excitement.

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Teen prodigy Ko makes believers out of LPGA rivals

Teen prodigy Ko makes believers out of her LPGA rivals

At 17, Lydia Ko exudes maturity, gaining the respect and admiration of her older counterparts on the LPGA tour.

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Ko, 17, makes Time's "most influential people" list

17-year-old Lydia Ko has been named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. Ko is the only golfer to make the list.

17-year-old Lydia Ko has been named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. Ko is the only golfer to make the list.

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Fresh off win, Wie revisits Stanford years

Fresh off win, Michelle Wie revisits Stanford years

For those who think Michelle Wie made a mistake when she chose to juggle five years at Stanford while playing the LPGA, well, you’re mistaken – she calls that time the best years of her life.

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Campbell's Crooks wins 120th collegiate title

Campbell's John Crooks wins 120th collegiate title

After a 30-stroke victory at the Big South Conference women's championship, Campbell coach John Crooks now has 120 collegiate wins – 75 on the women's side and 45 for the men's program.

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Nichols: This Bubba Watson has matured

Nichols: Freak-show play? Sure, but this Bubba has matured

Two years ago, Bubba Watson won a green jacket, but was more focused on trying to become a dad to his newly adopted son. Fast forward to Sunday, the now two-time Masters champ is everything he wanted to be -- and more.

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Spieth, 20, strives for normalcy as star status rises

Nichols: Spieth, 20, strives for normalcy as his star status rises

Jordan Spieth simply wanted to feel the pressures of contending at a major on Sunday, but he'll be thrown into the pressure cooker at the Masters as the co-leader. His upbringing and circle of family and friends show why he is ready for this moment.

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Matt Fitzpatrick misses cut after chance on 18

Matt Fitzpatrick misses cut after chance on 18

Matt Fitzpatrick missed the cut by one after a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at Augusta National slid past the cup.

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Amateur Goss shows clutch ability Friday at Masters

Amateur Oliver Goss shows clutch ability Friday at Masters

Amateur Oliver Goss scrambled to shoot 1-under 71 in the swirling wind on Friday at the Masters, and will now have a tee time on Saturday – his 20th birthday – at Augusta National.

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Haas charts own path to early Masters lead

Bill Haas charts own path to early Masters lead

Jay Haas, a 16-time winner on the Champions Tour, only gets to see his son Bill play a handful of times each year. Thursday, father watched son take the early first-round Masters lead.

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Couples comes to Masters to contend

Fred Couples comes to Augusta National with contending in mind for Masters

This marks Fred Couples’ 30th Masters appearance – and in his previous 29 starts at Augusta National, he has missed the cut only twice (2008 and ’09).

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Niebrugge's Masters plan: Keep it simple

Jordan Niebrugge's Masters plan: Keep it simple at Augusta National

The goals for Jordan Niebrugge in this week's Masters are simple: Earn low amateur honors and finish in the top 12 and ties to get an invite back to Augusta National.

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Weir holes one on 16, but won't call it ace

Mike Weir holes one on Augusta's 16th during Masters practice, but won't call it an ace

The roar could be heard by the clubhouse. It was a Sunday type of roar, with lasting applause, and Augusta patrons knew it had to be an ace. But Mike Weir’s not counting his 10th hole-in-one, which came on a practice shot.

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In prime, Rose says now is time to win majors

In his prime, Justin Rose says now is the time to win majors

Justin Rose believes the time to win majors is now. Players can qualify their 20s as a learning curve, Rose said. But after that, there’s no excuse.

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Lexi's leap: Thompson wins Kraft Nabisco

Lexi's leap: Thompson, 19, runs away with Kraft Nabisco title

Lexi Thompson’s romp at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 6 gives her four LPGA titles at the tender age of 19.

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Kraft marquee: Thompson, Wie share lead

Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie share Kraft Nabisco Championship lead on LPGA

Sunday's final round of the first major of the LPGA season could produce quite the one-on-one matchup, as Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie will begin the day tied for the lead at 10 under and two shots clear of the field.

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After losing granddad, Martin forges on at Kraft

After losing granddad, Mo Martin forges on at Kraft Nabisco

“He was the most peaceful person I've ever met,” Mo Martin said of her grandfather, Lincoln, who passed away last month at age 102 -- and had admirers in his own right at LPGA events.

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64 propels Lexi Thompson to share of Kraft lead

64 propels Lexi Thompson to share of Kraft Nabisco Championship lead in LPGA's first major of 2014

On a calm, cloudy Friday at the Dinah Shore Course, Lexi Thompson took advantage of easier pin positions and vaulted from a tie for 29th to a share of the lead of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship during the second round's morning wave.

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Wie 'more appreciative' after 67 to open Kraft

Michelle Wie 'more appreciative' after 67 to open Kraft Nabisco Championship

The LPGA no longer revolves around the comings and goings of Michelle Wie. But her 5-under 67 in Thursday's first round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship showed Wie, 24, still moves the needle like no other.

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Yin, 15, keeps smiling in 68 at Kraft Nabisco

Angel Yin, 15, keeps smiling in first-round 68 at Kraft Nabisco Championship

This isn’t Angel Yin’s first time making headlines. At age 13, she qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open; last year she won a junior qualifier to get into the Kraft Nabisco Championship and went on to make the cut.

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Whan: LPGA's major won't leave Dinah Shore

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan: Season-opening major won't leave Dinah Shore Course for new sponsor

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said the tour will return to Mission Hills in 2015. There will be another leap into Poppie’s Pond.

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LPGA creates new Rolex Annika Major Award

LPGA creates new Rolex Annika Major Award

On the eve of the year’s first major, the LPGA announced a new Rolex Annika Major Award that recognizes the LPGA player who performs the best in all five major championships.

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Stars come into Kraft Nabisco playing strong

LPGA's stars come into Kraft Nabisco Championship playing strong

Go ahead, try to pick the Kraft Nabisco Championship winner today -- that one-size-fits-all white robe for the winner's jump into Poppie's Pond could be wrapped around any number of players come Sunday.

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Players share strong opinions on future of Kraft

LPGA players share strong opinions on future of Kraft Nabisco Championship

The Kraft Nabisco Championship faces a major turning point after the last putt drops Sunday, and marquee players have strong opinions about what comes next.

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Teams take shape for International Crown

LPGA players' teams take shape for International Crown

Eight teams have qualified for the inaugural International Crown, with the U.S. having overtaken the top seed from South Korea when Lexi Thompson birdied the 18th hole at the Kia Classic.

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Back injury prompts Pettersen to skip Kraft

Back injury prompts Suzann Pettersen to skip Kraft

Suzann Pettersen, who withdrew from the Kia Classic last week after feeling a sharp pain in her back, confirmed Tuesday that she will miss the LPGA's first major tournament of the season, this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Tickled Pink: Creamer's life in a happy place

Tickled Pink: Creamer's life in a happy place, game follows

With her personal life in a happy place, Paula Creamer is ready to just go out and play – including the first major of the season, this week's Kraft Nabisco.

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Nordqvist wins for the second time in four starts

Anna Nordqvist's major changes result in second win in four starts

Anna Nordqvist rallied to win the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara for her second victory in her last four LPGA Tour starts.

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Kerr, Salas tied for lead at LPGA's Kia Classic

Cristie Kerr, Lizette Salas tied for lead at LPGA's Kia Classic

Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas will enter Sunday's round of the Kia Classic tied for the lead at 10 under. But while Kerr will be seeking her 17th LPGA victory, Salas will be trying for her first.